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Five Leadership Skills For Building The Best Team

Source | | Dede Henley

Building a team isn’t as easy as you might think, but it’s not rocket science, either. It’s not only about calling out for pizza and making sure everybody gets along okay in team meetings. Getting a team to work together takes skill.

Where do we learn how to be a better leader of teams? It’s not a subject taught in most undergraduate business courses or MBA programs. We’re often left to figure it out on our own. Get it right and you will cultivate a high-functioning, high-energy team that produces rockstar results. Get it wrong and you will face turnover and rampant dissatisfaction, which will make your days miserable.

I have learned a lot about teaming from two great authors: Jon Katzenbach and Patrick Lencioni. We use their strategies in our work with clients because their frameworks are so clear and easily understood.

Jon distinguishes a working group from a team. They are not one and the same. A working group has tasks that are not interdependent. Kind of like a golf team: Everybody is playing their game, and in the end, the scores will be added together, but your bad shot off the tee doesn’t really have anything to do with me. A team, Jon explains, has lots of interdependencies.

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